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First year accommodation might not provide lasting friendships

It is very difficult to underestimate the amount of social pressure we put on university freshers. We tell freshers that these will be the best years of their lives, and that this will largely be down to the friends they make. We say the friends you make now will be your best friends, better than […]

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‘Call-out culture’ is not effective at challenging oppression

W hat do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘call-out culture’? Social media, for a start. Liberalism, probably. Man-hating, brain-washing, social justice warrior – maybe. In general, call-out culture refers to ‘the tendency to publicly name instances or patterns of oppressive behaviour and language use by others’ and has become synonymous with the […]

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Payday loan companies are targeting disadvantaged students

Payday loans: the phrase immediately conjures up thoughts of quick, easy cash and annoying catchy jingles. At least, that’s all companies want us to think about. In reality, short term pay-day loans are exploitative and often dangerous, leading to a rapid accumulation of debt. The personal and social harm caused by payday loans has been […]

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Boycotts are not effective in stopping exploitative companies

Uber has had a wild ride these past few months. Faced with sexual harassment allegations, the resignation of its chief executive, and a federal investigation, it is staring down the barrel of media alienation. Now it is facing another setback – the loss of its London license due to ‘lack of corporate responsibility.’ This comes […]